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Doug's Mailbag: Adding Up Hyper-V's Numbers, More

Doug recently questioned Hyper-V's market share numbers compared to VMware's. William thinks market share numbers, in general, should be taken with a grain of salt:

It would be interesting to see how many of the hypervisors Microsoft has sold are actually in use, and how many were purchased as part of a package, but never intended to be used. Stats can be manipulated, as we all know, to show anything one wants. Without studying how the data was collected, there is no way to validate the resultant stats.

In the battle of iPod vs. Zune, Lynn casts her vote in favor of Microsoft's media player:

I have a 30GB fifth-generation iPod video that I've had for about four years. I'm not real fond of the iTunes software; from Day One, I have never been able to get the iPod to display the album art correctly. Then about two months ago, a small, black, jagged line showed up on the display, which has now turned into three jagged lines that go all the way across the screen. It hasn't been dropped or abused in any way. I have a protective case on it and carry it in a protective carrying case. The original battery started to hold less of a charge so I replaced the battery, but that didn't help much. Even with a new battery, it doesn't stay charged as long as it used to.

Since it was acting up, my husband wanted to buy me a new player and wanted to know if I wanted another iPod or a Zune. He has a 160GB Zune that I bought him for his birthday and he loves it. It has a bigger display and movies look 100 times better on it than on my iPod's small, square screen. Games are easier to play on the larger display. It has FM radio built-in. The album art has always worked right. The software is easy to use and updates are easy to install. I have a horrible time updating iTunes; it always comes up with some kind of error. As for a new player for me, I wanted to get a Zune, but when I realized I would have to redo all my music and video because you can't use anything in iTunes on anything but an iPod, I told him to get me the 120GB iPod classic. I hope that Microsoft doesn't discontinue the Zune -- it is really nicer than the iPod.

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Posted by Doug Barney on 08/10/2009 at 1:17 PM


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